Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes

Night of the Wolverine

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Dave Graney had become a full-blown lounge singer by the time Night of the Wolverine was released. While true, this also trivializes both Graney and his music, which is completely unfair. Wolverine finally saw Graney gain mainstream acceptance, which, in itself, is an indication of just how far the Australian music scene had changed since the early '80s when Graney was forced to take the Moodists to London to find an audience.

Part lounge, part country, and part straightforward pop, Graney produced a mini-masterpiece with this album. A disarmingly likeable mixture of gently humorous lyrics backed by the impeccable musicianship of the Coral Snakes, this album deserved to be huge. And with a lead single like "You're Just Too Hip, Baby," it could hardly have failed to be a success.

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